"Bernard Eveleigh was born January 17, 1813, in Dorsetshire, England, and was baptised by Rev. William Buckland, in the parish of White Church (i.e. Whitchurch Canonicorum). His father was a dairyman of some means for those times, but dying ere the children had reached maturity, and their mother marrying again, they were somewhat left upon their own resources, upon which the above named, at the age of 21, sailed for America, landing at Sackets Harbor with only two soverigns in his pocket. He immediately apprenticed himself to Hanson Rann for three years to learn the carpenters' trade. This business he pursued for years. In 1840 he married Miss Lydia Champion: to them one child was born (Mrs. A. M. Marsh, of Hounsfield).

        "In 1861 owing to ill health, his trade was given up, when he went into the hotel business, but only remaining there four years, whereupon he resumed his old business, adding to it lumber trading with Canada. Through this ship building was started, which he carried to quite an extent, building boats of various dimensions. Other things were added during the succeeding years, among which were farming, hardware, meat market, coal yard, and filling contracts with Madison Barracks for numerous things.

        "In 1882 he married Mrs. Amos Membery, of Adolphustown, Lenox county, Ontario, his first wife having died in 1880. Though having lost much at different times by fire and shipwreck, he still retains a hotel, store, dwelling house, 1,000 acres of land, and one boat. Aside from farm help he employs seven men and four girls.

        "Mrs. Membery was widow of Amos Membery, who came from Devonshire, Eng. to Sackets Harbor in the early days of this town, and later removed to Canada, where he died. Of his eight children, George was born in England, and in 1831 immigrated to America and located on a farm in the town of Adams, finally removed to Hounsfield, where he died in 1852, aged 49 years. He married Martha, daughter of Abram Orchard, of England, and they had one son, George O. George O. Membery was born in Adams, where he lived many years, when he located in this town on the farm which he now occupies. He married Melia I., daughter of Daniel G. and Almira (Ralph) Babbit, of Pickney, N. Y. and they have had two children, George (deceased) and Carrie M."


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